Amazon to Reimburse U.S. Employees Who Travel for Abortions

CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos (R) gestures as he addresses the Amazon's annual Smbhav event in New Delhi on January 15, 2020. - Bezos, whose worth has been estimated at more than $110 billion, is officially in India for a meeting of business leaders in New Delhi. (Photo by Sajjad …
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Amazon reportedly told its staff this week that it will reimburse up to $4,000 in travel expenses every year for medical treatments, including abortions.

Amazon’s new policy applies if an operation is not available within 100 miles of an employee’s home and virtual care is not possible, according to the company’s message, obtained by Reuters.

The announcement comes as a Supreme Court opinion overruling Roe v. Wade was leaked to the press, in what was a possible attempt to intimidate one or more justices to reverse their vote, or to ignite a left-wing push to pack the Supreme Court before the Democrats lose Congress in November’s midterm elections.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: Anti-abortion activists protest outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic on January 20, 2022 in Washington, DC. The protest was organized by the Purple Sash Revolution and Priests for Life, calling for defunding and replacing of Planned Parenthood. On Friday, thousands of anti-abortion activists are expected in Washington, DC for the annual March For Life. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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ROMEOVILLE, IL - AUGUST 01: Workers pack and ship customer orders at the 750,000-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center on August 1, 2017 in Romeoville, Illinois. On August 2, Amazon will be holding job fairs at several fulfillment centers around the country, including the Romeoville facility, in an attempt to hire more than 50,000 workers. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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Meanwhile, states are passing legislation limiting abortion, leaving some pregnant mothers-to-be wondering if they might need to travel in order to successfully kill their unborn children.

The reimbursements that Amazon announced on Monday are not limited to only abortion, Reuters noted. The company will also reimburse other treatments such as services involving cardiology, cellular gene therapies, and substance abuse disorder.

The news also reportedly came on the day Amazon stopped offering paid time off for U.S. employees diagnosed with the Chinese coronavirus, allowing them to have five days of excused unpaid leave instead.

Amazon’s Monday announcement might also be an attempt to quell negative sentiments among its employees, who have expressed discontent with the manner in which the company founded by Jeff Bezos operates.

Last month, Amazon workers at a warehouse in Staten Island, New York, voted to unionize, which was a first for Amazon.

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